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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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An 80s effort from The Dells – who may be one step further away from the benchmark 70s era – but they're still sounding plenty darn sweet on One Step Closer! The album has top-shelf production from the team of Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, who also handled a good deal of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic bit of Chicago soul, featuring the Dells at their most mature, banked in amazing arrangements by the great Charles Stepney. There's a long version of "Stay In My Corner", plus the great title cut, and two fantastic tracks that have some great John Cage-esque prepared piano on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Chicago soul from the great Dee Clark – one of the most versatile vocalists ever to work for Vee Jay Records, as you'll hear on this set! Dee could be sweet one minute, rocking the next – and had a great vocal range that was always used well on the range of material he sung. ... LP, Vinyl record album
An album that tries to do a heck of a lot in such a short space – and turns out to be even better than you might guess! Few folks would try to take on the entire black motion picture experience of the 70s with a single record – but funky arranger Cecil Holmes does just that, and turns ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work by Van McCoy – recorded in the years before his "Hustle" hit, with a sweet east coast groove that's very much in the spirit of the best work he was doing for other folks at the time! The tracks have a warm and bubbling feel that's really great – sublime ... LP, Vinyl record album
By the time she reached the Buddah label, Gladys Knight had already recorded for many years and other labels, but that didn't stop her and The Pips from having an extremely successful run during their stay there – as is evidenced by the great selection of hits on this set! The album includes ... LP, Vinyl record album
A rare album of classic doo wop – from one of Chicago's greatest harmony groups! In contrast to labelmates The El Dorados, The Spaniels were a bit smoother, and added more of a sweet harmony sound to their style – as you'll know from tracks like "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite" ... LP, Vinyl record album
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around ... LP, Vinyl record album
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler certainly are delicious together – and the pair have more than enough great energy to hold on strong throughout this entire album of duets! Although Motown is probably best remembered as the home of the male/female duet mode of the 60s – Vee Jay certainly ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Guitar Watson at the top of his game – working here in a sublime mix of funk, blues, and soul – all crafted into a groove that was uniquely Watson's own! Johnny may have started the 70s in relative obscurity – down from some hit work in the 50s and 60s – but by the ... LP, Vinyl record album